Oct 22, 2021

Prof. Mitsuhiko KATAOKA of the College of Business receives the Oishi Yasuhiko Award (Outstanding Paper Award) from the Japan Section of the Regional Science Association International(JSRSAI)

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Prof. Mitsuhiko KATAOKA of the College of Business receives the Oishi Yasuhiko Award (Outstanding Paper Award) from the Japan Section of the Regional Science Association International(JSRSAI).

Professor Mitsuhiko KATAOKA has been awarded the 30th Oishi Yasuhiko Award (Outstanding Paper Award) by the JSRSAI for his paper entitled, “Inequality convergence in inefficiency and interprovincial income inequality in Indonesia for 1990–2010” in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Regional Science. This award is granted annually to the authors of research papers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the field of Regional Science. The award honors the Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo Yasuhiko OISHI’s great achievement.
The awarded study employs the two methods of non-parametric Data Envelopment Analysis and the additive inequality decomposition technique to explore the causal factors—demographic, productivity, and efficiency factors—contributing to interprovincial income inequality in Indonesia for 1990−2010. Moreover, this study found efficiency convergence across 26 provinces, which is mainly attributable to the decline in interprovincial income gaps.

See below for further details.
Kataoka, M. Inequality convergence in inefficiency and interprovincial income inequality in Indonesia for 1990–2010. Asia-Pac J Reg Sci 2,297–313 (2018).
This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number C (JP26380308).

Comment

College of Business, Rikkyo University
Mitsuhiko KATAOKA

Since its independence, regional income inequality has been a significant policy issue in Indonesia. However, data constraints can be one of the major hindrances to an empirical study in developing economies. To tackle this problem, this study puts the balanced panel dataset of the province-level outputs and production factors through the data cleaning process. Accordingly, it could provide policy implications relating to changes in the spatial distribution of efficiency factors for the study period.

It is a great honor to be presented this prestigious award by JSRSAI. I would like to express my gratitude to the researchers in Regional Science for always encouraging me to improve my research through their informative and constructive comments in conferences and the reviewing process.

I aim to keep contributing to my research field by elevating the research quality in Regional Science and serving as a bridge between research and teaching.

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